What Others Say
AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, 2018
“Oldham Li & Nie’s strength is its exceptional client service. They are responsive, efficient and thorough,” says a client. Chris Hooley advised Jonathan Cummings, the founder and director of StartJG Hong Kong and a vendor, on the sale of the majority stake in StartJG Hong Kong to the FITCH group. Hooley advised Damien Ryan, the founder and managing director of Ryan Communications, on the sale of his equity interest to Teneo, a global business advisory group.
Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Richard Healy heads the dispute resolution practice at Oldham Li & Nie. Healy and Stephen Chan advised Nuclear Energy Mongolia on arbitration proceedings arising out of a dispute with the shareholders and contractual disputes relating to the sale and purchase of shares. The firm advised Benoy, an architectural firm, on an IP dispute filed by a competitor for passing-off in respect of the Olympia 66 project in Dalian, China. The firm also advised Pannam on proceedings initiated by a shareholder of a company seeking to restrain breaches of fiduciary duty perpetrated by one of the directors of the company.
At Oldham Li & Nie, Vera Sung and Stephen Chan advised a Swiss patent owner on filing an invalidation request against a competitor relating to a textile machine. Sung also advised a Taiwanese manufacturer on a patent infringement action in multiple jurisdictions filed by a household electronic appliance producer and designer. In December 2016, Sung advised a telecommunications company on a trade mark infringement and passing off action against an Indian company.
Labour & Employment
“Oldham Li & Nie provides top-notch litigation services with efficiency and at a reasonable cost,” says a client, “They are very responsive to client needs and proactive in their approach.” Adam Hugill, Chris Hooley and Stephen Chan advised five Zedra employees and four corporate entities on defending claims for breach of restrictive covenants, breach of confidentiality, breach of fiduciary duties and conspiracy arising from a ‘team-move’ between competitors. The firm also advises Dion Global Solutions on employee benefits, employment contracts and litigation matters.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017
Corporate / M&A
What the team is known for Engaged across a variety of industry sectors by a roster of significant local and regional clients. Regularly works on matters involving two or more jurisdictions. Skilled in share purchase transactions and restructurings.
Strengths Clients value the firm's knowledge of commercial concerns: "They understand our business first of all so we don't have to keep explaining what we do. They grasp the issues very quickly."
Another source enthuses: "I think the quality of their work is good. They know what our business needs."
Work highlights Advised Hong Kong-based Pavilions Resorts on various acquisitions in a number of countries, including Spain, Portugal and Japan.
Significant clients John Hardy, Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Harbor Holdings, Platinum Wines, FNA Group.
Christopher Hooley is "responsive and helpful" and provides "excellent advice," according to commentators. He undertakes a range of work for clients, including commercial contracts, share transfers and investments.
Clients mention that Tracy Yip is "able to give us commercial advice and provide practical solutions." She is also praised for her efficient approach and drafting skills.
Name partner Gordon Oldham has a long-established reputation in the market, having worked in Hong Kong for over 30 years. Clients comment that he has a "good appreciation of commercial transactions."
What the team is known for Strong reputation acting for high net worth individuals employed in the finance sector on contentious and non-contentious issues. Impressive disputes team with experience before the Labour Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Regularly advises on issues such as unfair dismissal, unequal pay, unfair performance evaluations and denial of promotion opportunities.
Strengths The team is highlighted for its responsiveness: "They're on the ball and available at any time."
Work highlights Acted for Hanes Brands on a range of employment matters, both contentious and non-contentious.
Advised Aldi on employment aspects of its operations in Hong Kong.
Significant clients Abacare, Algomi, Benoy, Lixil, Panasonic Lighting.
Christopher Hooley has almost three decades of experience working in Hong Kong, and advises on employment issues connected with corporate and M&A matters. One source says that he is "very commercial, and very savvy." He acted for Aldi on employment matters connected to its work in Hong Kong.
Adam Hugill is described by one client as a partner who is "very knowledgeable and quick to respond with really good advice." He has over ten years' experience working in the employment field, and is best known for advising on compensation, discrimination and termination issues.
Family / Matrimonial
What the team is known for Advises on a wide range of family law matters, with notable experience in cross-border matrimonial, financial and child-related disputes. Offers further strength in matrimonial tax matters, where clients benefit from the firm's focused private wealth management practice.
Stephen Peaker stands out for his in-depth experience in cross-border matrimonial issues. Commentators note his "large client base" and increasing visibility in the market. His broad practice also covers trust and wealth protection matters.
Legal 500, 2017
The practice at Oldham, Li & Nie is led by Richard Healy, who is well known for his expertise in shareholder disputes and IP infringement matters. Alfred Ip has ‘sound knowledge, and is good at devising practical strategies and managing client expectations’.
Oldham, Li & Nie’s employment practice strikes a balance between contentious and non-contentious work, regularly representing high-level employees or groups of employees. Adam Hugill and Christopher Hooley recently acted for the former COO of a Hong Kong company on the terms of departure and continued to advise the individual on the establishment of a new start-up fund.
IP remains a key area of focus at independent Hong Kong firm Oldham, Li & Nie. Its client base includes numerous well-known brands and luxury goods companies, though the roster also extends to the financial services, and media and entertainment sectors. Practice head Vera Sung is ‘responsive and clear in her advice’.